Stepping Stones China

We believe every child deserves to have access to quality education.

Stepping Stones China Ltd (SSCL) was established to raise funds and recruit and train volunteers to support registered charitable organisations to run programs focused on improving the education and general welfare of under-served children and youth in China.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Equal access to a quality education and general welfare for all children in China.

Our Mission

Our Mission

To improve the education and general welfare of under-served children in China.

Our Core Values

Our Core Values

Stamina: We are hard-working and resilient.
Teamwork: We work together with trust and respect to bring about change.
Empathy: We are open-minded and inclusive, and embrace diverse opinions.
Passion: We are proactive and courageous, and put our beneficiaries’ needs at the heart of all we do.

Legal Status

Legal Status

On 2 September 2011, Stepping Stones China Ltd was incorporated in Hong Kong under the Companies Ordinance (Chapter 32 of the laws of Hong Kong­. The Association’s official Chinese name is 铺路石中国有限公司. SSCL was confirmed to be a charitable institution or trust of a public character on 30 March 2012, and is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. Stepping Stones China Ltd established a representative office in Shanghai in 2018.



Our greatest asset is our large community of volunteers, who are eager for high-impact volunteering opportunities in China. We take volunteers aged 16+ from all over the world to teach English, life skills, and digital literacy to disadvantaged children and youth in China, online as well as offline. Volunteers also take a myriad of other roles, including fundraising, communications, design, photography, curriculum development, volunteer coordination, translation, etc.


Volunteers Trained and Supported (2023)


Students Receiving Digital Literacy & Life Skills Lessons (2023)


Students Receiving English Lessons (2023)



Our Beneficiaries

Our main beneficiaries are children and youth, whose education has been negatively impacted by rural-urban migration in China. Some of these young people have moved with their parents to cities where they do not have access to regular public schools due to residence issues, and are enrolled in schools for the children of migrant workers, whose educational standards fall behind the urban public schools. Others are enrolled in public schools, but need extra help with their schoolwork, which their parents are often unable to provide.

Other migrant workers’ children are unable to go with their parents to the cities, and are left behind in rural boarding schools or living with other family members. The educational standards in rural schools lag significantly behind urban schools, and in addition to the disadvantages faced by rural children, these “left-behind” children also lack parental support.

In addition, we assist organisations who are serving the children of low-income households in the cities, and children with special  educational needs. Most of our students are primary-school age, but we also have kindergarten, middle school, high school, and vocational school students.

We support registered organisations in China who provide educational support, enrichment activities and vocational training to these beneficiaries, in particular in the areas of English and digital literacy, but also in other subjects which tend to be neglected in disadvantaged communities.

What We Do

Training & Resources for English Teaching

Helping disadvantaged students to improve their English skills.

Digital Literacy & Life Skills

Helping disadvantaged students to meet the challenges of a tech-focused future.